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Suicide bomber targets Afghan forces convoy in Helmand

A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the Afghan national army (ANA) and Afghan police forces in southern Helmand province. According to the local government officials, the incident took place on Saturday afternoon in Greshk district. Preliminary reports suggest at least four Afghan police forces were martyred and two others were injured following the attack, an Afghan army official said. In the meantime, p ...

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Abdullah underlines election reforms

  KABUL: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday stressed the need for reforms in the electoral system, saying the next five years offered a great chance of bringing prosperity to the country. Addressing influential figures from northern Balkh province at his residence, Dr. Abdullah said, people wanted respect for their rights, rule of law, proper services, good governance. The ...

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Istanbul, Kabul ink strategic cooperation pact

KABUL: Turkey and Afghanistan on Saturday signed a strategic cooperation agreement, paving the ground for more robust trade and investment links between the two countries. Presidents Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced signing the pact at a joint news conference after formal talks at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Both leaders told reporters the accord envisaged greater Turkish i ...

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Statement of Apology

  معذرت خواهی مسوولان روزنامه افغانستان ایکسپریس در باره مطلب نشر شده در شماره ( ۴۵۱) این نشریه بنام خداوندی که غفاراست وبخشنده هموطنان عزیز: چنانچه درشماره (۴۵۱ ) روزنامه افغانستان اکسپرس مطلبی بگونه سهوی و درنتیجه شدت کار و کم بودن وقت به زبان انگلیسی چاپ رسید و باعث رنجش خاطر شماری از هموطنان وخواننده گان این روزنامه گردید میخواهم نخست با عذر تمام ازبارگاه رب المنان مغفرت خواسته و دعای نیایش نمایم ت ...

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UN Chief Decries Gaza’s Vast Destruction

GAZA CITY— U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lamented the vast destruction in Gaza as he visited the area on Tuesday for the first time since the war, urging a speedy reconstruction effort. He also announced that Israel was permitting a first truckload of construction materials to enter the enclave. It has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since before Israel began its offensive July 8 to counter rocket f ...

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Tehran Optimistic Ahead of New Nuclear Talks

Iran is heading into a new round of nuclear negotiations with the United States and Europe on Tuesday with new-found confidence from President Hassan Rouhani that a settlement "can be achieved" by next month. Rouhani said in a televised address late Monday that "the world is tired" and wants a resolution to the diplomatic stand-off between Tehran and the West over Iran's uranium enrichment. U.S. and Europea ...

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Ebola crisis: Outbreak death toll rises to 4,447 says WHO

The death toll from the Ebola virus outbreak has risen to 4,447, with the large majority of victims in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. WHO assistant director-general Bruce Aylward also said there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week within two months if efforts were not stepped up, But the rate of new infections in some areas has slowed down, he added. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guin ...

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North Korea leader returns – with a limp

State media shows Kim Jong-un, using a cane, visiting residential area and science institution after six-week absence. Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader, has visited a housing development using a cane for support, according to state media reports. Tuesday's development ended a lengthy absence from public view that had prompted speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country. Several i ...

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Ukraine Parliament Approves New Defense Chief

Ukraine's parliament has approved a new defense minister - the fourth change in leadership since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March. The head of Ukraine's National Guard, Stepan Poltorak, will take over for Valeriy Heletey, who resigned amid heavy criticism for the crushing defeat of Ukrainian forces east of Donetsk in late August. Also on Tuesday, Ukraine's parliament voted in sweeping laws to stamp ou ...

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Obama, Foreign Military Chiefs to Discuss Islamic State Plans

WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama will hash out a strategy to counter Islamic State on Tuesday with military leaders from some 20 countries including Turkey and Saudi Arabia amid growing pressure for the U.S.-led coalition to do more to stop the militants' advance. Some three weeks before U.S. congressional elections viewed largely as a referendum on Obama's leadership, the president will aim to show the U ...

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Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebels near Iraq

Turkish F-16 and F-4 warplanes have bombed Kurdish PKK rebel targets near the Iraqi border, as their ceasefire comes under increasing strain. The air strikes on Daglica were in response to PKK shelling of a military outpost, the armed forces said. Both sides have been observing a truce and it is the first major air raid on the PKK since March 2013. Kurds are furious at Turkey's inaction as Islamic State (IS ...

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Would the President’s Plans Meet Resistance?

President Ashraf Ghani has promised extensive reforms after he took over the power from former president Hamid Karzai last month. With his pledges, public expectations from the president have been high. However, there are relatively considerable levels of skepticisms over his hasty moves in issuing decrees among the people. There are stories about the president’s day-to-day activities which indicate he is t ...

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Taliban executes woman over espionage charges in Kunar

Taliban militants have murdered a young woman over espionage charges in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the woman was accused of spying foe American forces and was shot dead by Taliban militants inside her residence. Provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Habib Syed Khel confirmed that the woman was killed late Sunday night in Sarkano district. Gen. Syed Khel add ...

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Deadly Taliban ambush in Sar-e-Pul

At least 22 members of the Afghan National Security Forces have been killed in a Taliban ambush and seven others kidnapped by the armed group in a mountainous region in northern Afghanistan, an official has said. Taliban fighters attacked a convoy carrying Afghan security forces on Monday, killing 22 soldiers and police, kidnapping seven, and injuring eight others. "Twelve army and police vehicles are total ...

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France grants 10 million Euros for Bamyan, Wardak

BAMYAN (Pajhwok): The government of France donated 10 million Euros on Monday for agriculture, environmental, and administrative up-lift projects in central Bamyan and Wardak provinces. Jean Michael Marlaud, the French Ambassador in Kabul told a press conference about his latest trip to Bamyan. He added that the fund was aimed at bringing positive changes to the lives of people. He noted that the internatio ...

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Second blast in Kabul leaves at least 22 people injured

At least 22 people were injured following an explosion in Qarabagh district of Kabul on Monday, local officials said. The incident took place around 9:30 am local time following an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in a crowded market. District administrative chief, Abdul Sami Sharifi, said the IED was planted near a mosque and an investigation has been launched regarding the incident. No group, inlcu ...

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EU announces further support for the development of Afghanistan

On Friday, the European Commission announced new development funding of €1.4 billion to Afghanistan for the period 2014-2020. The funds will focus on vital sectors for growth and social stability, such as rural development and agriculture, health, and strengthening democracy in the country. The signature of the development programme (known as Multiannual Indicative Programme), between European Commissioner ...

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Acting ministers may not stay idle: Abdullah

KABUL: Chairing his maiden Cabinet meeting as Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah on Monday asked the acting ministers not to halt in the discharge of the responsibilities in their current capacity until new ministers were appointed. “After formation of the unity government, you have turned into acting ministers but it does not mean to stop working,” he told the meeting. Abdullah said deserving peopl ...

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Kabul Bank Scandal: If At First President Ghani Does Succeed

By: Waheed Rahimi The newly elected Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani has begun his anti-corruption campaign on the first week of his presidency. He is promising to curb fraud in the world’s third most corrupted country. Ghani assured that his administration would be more transparent and accountable than expected by the donor countries. In an interview a few days ago, he emphasized that “I am not corrupt and I ...

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UN chief slams ‘provocations’ in Jerusalem

Ban Ki-moon condemns "repeated provocations" at holy sites after Israeli police again clash with protesters. N chief Ban Ki-moon has spoken out against "provocations" at Jerusalem's holy sites, hours after Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters near al-Aqsa mosque. "I am... deeply concerned by repeated provocations at the holy sites in Jerusalem. These only inflame tensions and must stop," he sa ...

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